Augsburg Fortress

Strangers in This World: Multireligious Reflections on Immigration

Strangers in This World: Multireligious Reflections on Immigration

Strangers in This World brings together a consortium of scholars to reflect on the religious, political, anthropological, and social realities of immigration through the prism of the historical and theological resources, insights, and practices across an array of religious traditions.

The volume, reflecting the diversity of religious cultures, is nevertheless unified in arguing that immigration is an important aspect of the major religions at their core and connects to vital points of theological reflection and practice in Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Native American religious traditions.


  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781451472974
  • eBook ISBN 9781506400341
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 318
  • Publication Date August 1, 2015


Introduction—Alexander Y. Hwang
Part I: Hindu and Buddhist Perspectives and Encounters
1. Rethinking Christian Mission with the Chinmaya Mission—Reid Locklin
2. Entering the Buddha’s Pure Land—John Thompson
3. Choices and Challenges—Karma Lekshe Tsomo
4. Missionary Immigrants—Jonathan Seitz
Part II: Abrahamic Tradition
5. Singing the Songs of the Lord in a Strange Land—Daniel Maoz
6. Islamic Theology of Immigration—Muhammad Shafiq
7. Muslim Immigrant Theology—Hussam S. Timani
8. Gothic “Immigrants” in the Roman Empire—Craig R. Davis
9. White Protestant Efforts to Convert Italian Immigrants—Linda Mercadante
10. Journeying Before God with a Divided Heart—Kristine Suna-Koro
Part III: First Americans and First Immigrants
11. Welcoming the Stranger—Randy Woodley
12. A Shared Narrative—Ray Aldred
13. Immigration—Allen G. Jorgenson
Part IV: Current Immigration Issues
14. Lutheran Civil Disobedience—Laura Alexander
15. The Morning After—Alan Aja
16. Blending Past and Future—Marc Pugliese and Joseph Bracken
17. Immigration as/and Mental Illness—Ronald W. Baard
Afterword—Francis X. Clooney, SJ